Legislative Council
Elections 2019

Standing as a Candidate - 2019

Updated Information for Candidates

This new information booklet is designed to assist intending candidates for Tasmanian Legislative Council elections.

 April update: Following amendments to the Electoral Act 2004 that came into effect over Easter, newspapers may now publish electoral advertising and commentary on polling day for Tasmanian Parliamentary elections. The Candidate booklet has been amended to reflect these changes (see page 19 – “Polling day restrictions on electoral matter”).

New Candidate Expenditure Policy

A new Candidate Election Expenditure Return is available.

 Important Changes to Note -

TEC has reviewed election expenditure policies, particularly in relation to re-used or re-cycled election material. The updated policy now requires reporting of expenses incurred only for this election.

For example:

  • If re-using signs or material from a previous election, the value for that material is not required in the return.
  • Costs to update re-used material, such as stickers to overlay on old signs, should be included.

How to lodge your nomination

  Nominations have closed

Nominations can be received after the writ is issued (6pm Monday 1 April 2019).

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the nomination form and the $400 deposit are received by the returning officer (also the Commissioner for party nominations) before the close of nominations 12 noon Thursday 11 April 2019.

For the 2019 Legislative Council elections, your nomination form and deposit can be lodged with the returning officer at the following locations:

Election Office
29 Victoria St
Nelson and Pembroke
Election Office
Level 3, TasWater building, 169 Main Road

For the 2019 Legislative Council elections, the returning officers are:

Mrs Maree Stones
Ms Justin Meeker
Ms Sarah Mathews


  Nominations have closed

Candidates can be nominated in 2 ways:

  Nominations can be received after the writ is issued. The Writ for these elections will be issued at 6pm, Monday 1 April 2019.

Individual (non-party) nomination

The non-party nomination form for individuals is used for nomination of an individual candidate. Following amendments to the Electoral Act 2004 in November 2015, these candidates can choose to have the word independent placed under their name on the ballot paper.

Nominated by a party

The party nomination form enables a registered party to nominate its candidate for a division.

Campaigning and advertising

For Tasmanian Parliamentary elections, campaign material must be authorised between the issue of the writ and the close of poll. Campaign material must not contain an image or name of another candidate without their consent. See the Candidate's Handbook for more details about these and other conditions that apply.

Electoral Commissioner's policy on electoral matter on the internet

Candidate election expenditure return

For Legislative Council elections, advertising expenditure is capped and details must be provided in a return within 60 days of the result of the election being declared. See the Candidate's Handbook for more details.

How to access the Electoral Act 2004 and other legislation

The Electoral Act 2004 and other up-to-date Tasmanian Acts and Regulations can be accessed on-line at Tasmania's legislation online.

Authorisation of election matter on the internet

Under section 191(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 2004, all electoral matter published on the internet between the issue of the writ for an election and the close of poll at that election must contain the name and address of the responsible person at the end.

Address means a street address (not a post office box or an electronic address) at which the responsible person resides or can be readily contacted.

Responsible person means the person taking responsibility for causing electoral matter to be published.

Electoral matter means matter which is intended or likely to affect voting in an election.

The Electoral Commissioner recommends that candidates and other persons with websites (including ‘Facebook’ pages) containing electoral matter should ensure that the name and address of the responsible person appears on each page.

For example, an appropriate place to include authorisation on a website would be on a footer, or on ‘Facebook’ at the end of a post that contains electoral matter.

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